Here We Go: Conference for Graphic Designers Disinvites Speaker Because He Works at a Church With Biblical Beliefs on Homosexuality

A major national conference for graphic designers and illustrators has disinvited a Christian speaker, apparently because he serves at a well-known church that affirms the Bible’s teaching on sexuality.

The Circles Conference announced this week that David Roark, the communications and resources director at The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, would not be speaking at its conference Sept. 18-20 in Richardson, Texas.

The move came after the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) released an open letter saying it would not participate in the conference because the speaker roster included an employee of The Village Church, an organization “that does not meet our standards of inclusion because of openly discriminatory policies and practices towards women and the LGBTQ+ community.”

The Village Church is a Southern Baptist Convention and Acts 29 congregation. Its pastor, Matt Chandler, is an author and one of the more well-known evangelical ministers in the United States. He and Roark wrote the book Take Heart: Christian Courage in the Age of Unbelief.

“Since the beginning, one goal of Circles Conference has been to bring people of different world views and creative backgrounds together,” the Circles Conference’s Ismael Burciaga wrote in the letter to members. “While cultivating a collaborative and creative culture is our top priority, we also respect the concerns of our fellow creatives and we will always be open to dialogue and transparency.

“After serious consideration, we have made a speaker change. We respect the concerns of the design community and aim to create a safe space for everyone who attends Circles Conference, regardless of their individual world views or beliefs.”

The three-day conference brings together designers from around the U.S. and the world.

The Village Church’s statement of belief about humanity reads: “Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a one-flesh union in the covenant of marriage that establishes the only God-ordained pattern of sexual relations for men and women.”

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Source: Christian Headlines